Cardoso woos investors, pledges to tackle FX scarcity


The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Dr Yemi Cardoso, has assured local and foreign investors of a conducive operating environment, saying everything possible would be done to make them comfortable.

To this end, he said  the apex bank would ride on its statutory functions to address identified distortions in the foreign exchange market and other systemic tremors.

Cardoso gave the assurance in his office on Thursday when a group of investors paid him a courtesy visit.

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He said under his watch, the new management team at the bank will do its best to demolish the impediments to liquidity as it has become a major headache for all.

While disclosing plans to formally unveil his agenda for the monetary and financial sector in the days ahead, Mr. Cardoso stressed the importance of credibility and transparency in implementing the CBN’s monetary policy. To achieve this, he said the bank would focus on strengthening its data-gathering system to ensure that only verifiable data will be relied upon for evidence-based decisions. According to him, the CBN would also adhere to rules that are known, acceptable and transparent for the conduct of monetary policy.

Speaking further on liquidity management, he said his team had a short-term goal of addressing structural issues within the financial system that gave rise to the liquidity challenge in the first instance.

On the relationship between the monetary and fiscal authorities, the new CBN Governor said there would continue to be consensus between both authorities to harmonise their positions on the interest rate and inflation. He, however, said the Bank would remain open to different views in its push for greater transparency.

Meanwhile, Mr. Cardoso said the bank would only provide strategic policy support to critical sectors of the economy, while allowing experts to take charge of such critical sectors, given that the expertise lies within other relevant agencies.

In their remarks, the investors, led by Mrs. Ireti Samuel-Ogbu, said they were at the CBN to discuss ways of strengthening collaboration to boost foreign investment in Nigeria. The group also emphasised issues around the bank’s independence and the need to grow the country’s foreign exchange reserves, among other issues.


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